This just in: training pays off!
Geez, whadd'ya know. You put time and effort in, and you get results!
I took one rest day after my 14-miler last Sunday. I was back out for a 3.1 mile run on Tuesday morning with Barb. That's unusual for me - I generally end up taking off more than one day after a long run, 'cause I push too hard and then take too long to recover (that or I'm just lazy...). I followed that up with 3.6 on Wednesday at lunch (literallly ran home to pick up some electrolyte packets; I love that I live so close to work). Thursday afternoon was a perfect day to have off - I headed to Sabino Canyon for a glorious (albeit wet, from the multiple creek crossings) 7.5 mile hilly run, which I then followed up with a kick-ass spinning class. That was a first for me: run-immediately-followed-by-cycling workout. That was pretty cool. The best part? I totally fueled correctly and was able to power through the entire 2.5 hours of working out with ease. And the next day, I was hardly sore! Amazing.
This morning, I headed to the gym. The spinning class was full by the time I arrived, so I headed upstairs to the elliptical machines (two of the three stair climbers - what I wanted to do - were broken and the other one was in contant use). 30 minutes of elliptical followed by 15 minutes of recumbant cycling was plenty for me. My hamstring was cramping and I was tired (I didn't have my morning coffee!). I headed to the weights and lifted a bit before leaving. Ash and I hit up the very cool "coffee bus" on the way home (it's a double-decker bus converted to a coffee shop; the seating is upstairs!), and now we're hanging out while I finish laundry and dishes and cleaning the house. Games and football are on tap for the afternoon, along with a possible trip to the park. Tomorrow is more general hanging out, then after he goes his dad's, I'll head out for my last three to four miles for the week.
It's been a good, solid week. I can feel my training starting to pay off, my body starting to get in shape and be able to handle what I'm throwing at it. This bodes well for the next three months while I prep for ZG. Yay!
(Now if only I could stop eating everything in sight...)